Prevalence of cannabis use in Brazil: Data from the I Brazilian National Alcohol Survey (BNAS)

Prevalence of cannabis use in Brazil: Data from the I Brazilian National Alcohol Survey (BNAS)

Author Jungerman, Flavia S. Google Scholar
Menezes, Paulo Rossi Google Scholar
Pinsky, Ilana Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Zaleski, Marcos Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Caetano, Raul Google Scholar
Laranjeira, Ronaldo Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Univ Texas Sch Publ Hlth
Abstract Aims: To estimate the prevalence of cannabis use in the last 12 months in the Brazilian population and to examine its association with individual and geographic characteristics.Design: Cross-sectional survey with a national probabilistic sample.Participants: 3006 individuals aged 14 to 65 years.Measurements: Questionnaire based on well established instruments, adapted to the Brazilian population.Findings: the 12-month prevalence of cannabis use was 2.1% (95%Cl 1.3-2.9). Male gender, better educational level, unemployment and living in the regions South and Southeast were independently associated with higher 12-month prevalence of cannabis use.Conclusion: While the prevalence of cannabis use in Brazil is lower than in many countries, the profile of those who are more likely to have used it is similar. Educational and prevention policies should be focused on specific population groups. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keywords Epidemiology
Cannabis use
Cross-sectional study
Language English
Sponsor Brazilian Government National Anti Drug Secretary (SENAD)
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
Date 2010-03-01
Published in Addictive Behaviors. Oxford: Pergamon-Elsevier B.V., v. 35, n. 3, p. 190-193, 2010.
ISSN 0306-4603 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Extent 190-193
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000274262500002

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